Modern Family

Season 3 Episode 24

Baby on Board

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 23, 2012 on ABC
out of 10
User Rating
139 votes

By Users Episode Review


    ABC's Wednesday Comedies: Finale Thoughts

    As ABC's Wednesday comedies sign off for the summer, let's put our judging caps aside and simply revel in how amazing our comedies have been this season.

  • Episode Summary

    Cam and Mitchell find an opportunity to adopt and are aided by Gloria's bilingualism at the hospital. Manny and Jay help Lily prep for a dance recital. Alex goes to her first prom, though there's something different about her date. Haley announces her future plans to Phil and Claire, which shocks them, and one family member is hiding a big surprise.moreless

    Who was the Episode MVP ?

    • About this series

      This had wonderful directing.
    • Season 3 finale

      Cam and Mitchell find an opportunity to adopt and are aided by Gloria's bilingualism at the hospital. Manny and Jay help Lily prep for a dance recital. Alex goes to her first prom, though there's something different about her date. Haley announces her future plans to Phil and Claire, which shocks them, and one family member is hiding a big surprise. This was a superb Season 3 finale of "Modern Family". I'm trying my best to get all of my reviews caught up so here it goes. I really enjoyed the episode for the most part but my score is a little low because I found the episode to be a little boring at times and a bit pointless. The parts that did make me laugh were was Phil telling Alex "You look sexy" and then Alex says "Ewww", Alex's gay date, Dylan overall was pretty funny and more. It was too bad that Cam and Mitch weren't able to adopt another baby. Towards the end of the episode it does have heart and emotion and as soon as the finale ended with Gloria saying "I'm pregnant", it did really shock me so the finale ended on a huge surprise. I wonder how Season 4 is going to play out. Overall, a superb Season 3 finale of "Modern Family". 9/10moreless
    • 3.24 'Baby on Board'

      A huge improvement from last week's episode. But still - 3rd season has got to be the weakest one of all three while the #1st remains on top (at least for me as a regular viewer) ;)

      This finale consisted of many great moments, even some life-changing events. Hayley was finally accepted to college (but before she found out there was this amazingly funny dinner with her, Dylan, Luke and her parents), Luke and Dylan have an amazing comedic chemistry, Cam and Mitch took Gloria to the hospital with them (but the adoption of the Latino baby boy didn't work out although those telenovela scenes were funny) and they had this beautiful moment at the end of the episode, Lily was jealous of her new 'potential' baby brother and didn't wanna dance at her recital (LOL at Jay dancin' ballet with her on stage), Alex goes to a prom with a gay guy from school (that scene was perfect) and the biggest shocker of all - Gloria is pregnant. :)

      It was an entertaining finale. But there is still a room for some improvement. I sincerely hope that season 4 is going to be funnier and better. The writing has been very inconsistent this year, one episode was amazing the one after that was a mess and so on. But I still love this show and these characters. 8,0/10moreless
    • Shocking!!! Amazing!!! LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      What I Loved:

      Cam's excitement

      Alex's gay date

      Haley's surprises

      The scene at the hospital

      Jay dances with Lily

      Luke's hidden letters

      Gloria: I'm pregnant

      What I Hated:

    • Hit & Miss



      The emotional scene with Cam and Mitchell

      Glorias surprise and monologue at the end

      The majority of Manny, Lily and Jay.

      Lukes Hidden Letters


      The whole take off of the Spanish soap in the hospital, horrible and just doesn't work and isn't funny.

      The whole prom part seems like filler
    Ed O'Neill

    Ed O'Neill

    Jay Pritchett

    Sofia Vergara

    Sofia Vergara

    Gloria Delgado-Pritchett

    Julie Bowen

    Julie Bowen

    Claire Dunphy

    Ty Burrell

    Ty Burrell

    Phillip "Phil" Dunphy

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson

    Mitchell Pritchett

    Eric Stonestreet

    Eric Stonestreet

    Cameron "Cam" Tucker

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • In the end tag scene when Luke is handing back Claire and Phil the mail, the following episodes are referenced: "Dude Ranch," "Disneyland," "Treehouse," and "Virgin Territory" (twice!!)

    • QUOTES (16)

      • Mitchell: (to Cam) How cool would it be if you turned into Wonder Woman right now?

      • Haley: Proms are lame, it's just an excuse for dressed up dorks to ride in limos and hump each other.

      • Phil: (to Alex) Always keep the rhythm in your feet and a little party in your shoulders.

      • Luke: Are you doing sex?

      • Alex: You know what? I might just go crazy tonight and hook up all over him.

      • Gloria: Jay, Manny! Good news! Mitch and Cam are getting a new baby today!
        Jay: Really? That's fantastic!
        Gloria: And it's Latino!
        Manny: (to Jay) How's that giant fence working out for ya?

      • Mitchell: (on the ground) I think I'm lying on a rock.
        Cameron: I'm lying next to my rock.

      • Dylan: Mr. D, do you have a tuxedo I could borrow?
        Phil: Yeah, sure, I mean, it's the tux I got married in so it's double breasted.
        Dylan: Perfect. So am I.

      • Haley: (re: dress for prom) Mom, can I borrow that purple dress I said you were too old for?

      • Jay: (re: Lily dancing) Honey, there must be something I can do to get you out there.
        Lily: (whispering) Come dance with me, Grandpa.
        Jay: Now, honey, that's not gonna happen. How 'bout I give you fifty bucks?

      • Jay: (to Lily) I first had your aunt Claire and then your dad came along and I loved them just the same. No matter what he tells you.

      • Dylan: (re: he and Haley living together) Listen, I know that you're concerned, but I'm designing T-shirts now, and they're gonna be huge. Also, medium and small.

      • Alex: Yes, my bad boy prom date is gay. He just doesn't know it yet, so I'm basically his beard. Pre-beard. His stubble.

      • Claire: (to Alex) Oh, you look adorable!
        Alex: Adorable? I'm not a puppy.
        Claire: Honey, it was meant as a compliment.
        Phil: Claire, I got this. Honey, you look super sexy.
        Alex: Ew.
        Phil: Well, we tried everything.

      • Lily: What are you building?

        Manny: It's a model of a plane that was built for Amelia Earheart.

        Lily: Why?
        Jay: Because she wanted to fly around the world.

        Lily: Why?
        Jay: Because she probably needed to get away from her kids.

      • Mitchell: (to Gloria) Would you mind coming with us? We need someone who actually knows how to speak Spanish.
        Cameron: Frio. Muy frio.

    • NOTES (2)

      • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: May 23, 2012 on Citytv
        United Kingdom: May 25, 2012 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
        Czech Republic: August 1, 2012 on HBO Comedy
        Finland: October 18, 2012 on MTV3
        Sweden: April 12, 2013 on TV4

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The episode title alludes to the much parodied message sign commonly hung in the rear window of family cars or mini-vans. Pregnant women sometimes wear clothing adorned with the message.